ALIAS Founder and Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers earned both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. As ALIAS’ artistic leader, as well as a violinist, she has collaborated with the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Symphony, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and others, to add to the vitality of Nashville’s classical music scene. Previously, Zeneba served as concertmaster of the Charleston Spoleto Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), and the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. She currently holds the position of Assistant Principal Second Violinist with the Nashville Symphony.
Georgeann Burns has devoted her career to working on healthcare facility projects. Her projects have ranged from research studies for the VA to master plans for leading academic medical centers. She has worked with national and international design firms and led two consulting firms focused on healthcare planning and programming prior to HFPP.
Working on projects throughout the United States and overseas, Ms. Burns has expertise in community hospitals, specialty institutions (pediatric, facilities for aging and behavioral health), and ambulatory care centers. With a growing interest in Lean principles and their application to both healthcare delivery and the process of project delivery, she established Health Facilities Planning Partners, LLC, to provide innovative master planning, planning and programming services.
Michelle Doane coordinates and helps develop ALIAS’ education and community programs each season. Currently, she is the Fellowship Coordinator at the Tennessee Charter School Incubator, an organization that is dedicated to training and preparing experienced education leaders to transform the lowest-performing schools in Tennessee into high-performing schools. She holds a B.M. degree in piano performance and a Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, a M.M. degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and a MEd degree in learning and instruction from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. While living in Michigan, Michelle taught at the Chelsea Center for the Arts and maintained a private studio. Additionally, she worked at the Nashville Symphony for several years as the Education and Community Engagement Manager, where she developed, managed, and evaluated education programs and community engagement activities for children and adults.
Chris Farris joined ALIAS through a class on board service through Hands On Nashville. He has prior knowledge of nonprofits from serving with a large nonprofit in Michigan as Director and Operations Manager of the organization. He is currently a Senior Consultant at C3 Consulting in Nashville where he leads large scale installations or upgrades of network infrastructure, telecommunications systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems and Corporate Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Plans. He has experience in all phases of needs evaluation, proposal development, budgeting, planning and procurement. He has become a member of the Marketing Committee for ALIAS.
Kathy Masulis, born and raised in Chicago, has lived in Nashville for the past 22 years. She studied English Lit in college and has a master’s degree in religious education from Loyola University in New Orleans. Kathy has extensive experience in volunteer training and management and since 1997 has been Executive Director of Better Decisions, a local nonprofit organization that trains community volunteers to mentor inmates at the TN Prison for Women. For many years, Kathy held several offices on the board of Penuel Ridge Retreat Center in Ashland City. She now focuses her energy on ALIAS and Edgehill UMC, where she serves as the volunteer Financial Secretary and assists with Room in the Inn.
William K. Norton is an associate with the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. He is a member of the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Technology and Emerging Company Groups. Will has advised many companies with formation, fundraising, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and other general business planning and technology issues.
Will has been involved with the arts nearly his entire life. He started playing the violin at age two and started singing soon after that. Will was a member of a number of orchestras and choral groups through high school. In college he was a founding member of the university’s first independent a cappella group. The group recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and Will helped form and continues to serve as a board member of the group’s non-profit alumni association, which helped organize the tenth anniversary celebration. Will has also played the piano and guitar and recently started taking lessons to learn the mandolin.
In law school Will was a founding member and president of Students for Free Culture, a student-run non-profit dedicated to educating students and local artists on the impact of intellectual property on artistic works and innvoation.
Since moving to Nashville, Will provides pro bono legal service through with a number of organizations. He regularly volunteers with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and helps coordinate the indigent pro bono clinic at Room in the Inn. Will has also worked with a number of artists on corporate governance and intellectual property issues through the Volunteer Lawyers and Professional for the Arts.
Will graduated from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in mathematics and computer science. He attended law school at the University of Nebraska College of Law where he focused on Internet issues and cyberlaw, graduating with a concentration in space and telecommunications law.
Virginia Roberson specializes in translating high-tech jargon, legal terminology, and other complex business concepts into compelling marketing copy (both business-to-business and business-to consumer). As a freelance feature journalist, her published work has appeared in The Nashville Ledger, The Tennessean and All The Rage (now Metromix).
When she is not busy writing, Virginia volunteers as a Board Member for Nashville’s nonprofit chamber ensemble, ALIAS (www.aliasmusic.org). She also volunteers as an advisory Board member for CABLE, as the Chair of Member Communications.
Virginia has served as the chapter president for IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) and on the advisory board for The Gear Foundation (Gainful Employment and Respect).
Richard Stone is a Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager. He joins the Avenue family with 13 years of commercial banking experience. Richard is a Blue Raider, having earned his BBA and a MA from Middle Tennessee State University. During his time there, he earned degrees in Marketing and Financial Economics. Richard also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and has previously volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, where he was named “Big Brother of the Year” in 2002. In his free time, he enjoys fitness, golf, reading and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Tara and two children reside in Rutherford County.
Richard has also served and volunteered in various capacities with numerous other nonprofit organizations including the following organizations:
- Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Development Council for 4 years and was a founding member.
- Jesse C. Beesley Humane Foundation as treasurer, then president for 5 years.
- Murfreesboro Noon Rotary and Smyrna Noon Rotary as a member for approximately 7 years.
Cellist Matt Walker was a founding member of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble; he became the group’s Executive Director in summer of 2009, and served in this position for two years. A cellist with the Nashville Symphony since 1999, Matt has played with the Jacksonville Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and on his own recordings. Additionally, he has appeared on ALIAS concerts playing bass and guitar, and he is also a composer whose own works have been performed in the UK as well as locally and nationwide.
With a multi-platinum album for his contribution to Dirty Dancing, an Emmy nomination for a wildlife documentary score, more than a dozen television themes, and music for more than two dozen movies for both the big screen and TV to his credit, composer Stacy Widelitz has built up an impressive resumé. Stacy first came to prominence with the song “She’s Like the Wind,” co-written with Patrick Swayze and featured in Swayze’s blockbuster Dirty Dancing. Featured on the movie’s wildly successful soundtrack, which sold 11 million copies in the United States alone, it was the third single to be released and reached no. 3 on Billboard’s top-40 chart (no. 1 among adult-contemporary radio listeners). He also received two BMI awards for the tune as among the most-performed songs of that year. He has scored features, more than twenty made-for-TV movies, written the end-title song for Disney’s Pocahontas II, and has received four Gold Addies for music he composed for advertising. Stacy wrote the title song and scored all the episodes of Children’s Television Workshop’s acclaimed animated series Cro, and has worked with directors such as Todd Holland, Waris Hussein and James Contner. Stacy also composed the score and much of the dance music for the film One Last Dance, which garnered him a Best Music Award at the Nashville Film Festival. Subsequently, Stacy was asked to join the board of the festival, and eventually served two terms as president. He has had songs recorded by Buddy Jewell, Ronnie Milsap, Tammy Cochran and Tracy Lawrence, among others. He has also worked with many noted musicians, such as Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Edgar Winter and Danny Wilde (The Rembrandts). Stacy is noted for his diversity, being as comfortable in front of an orchestra as he is in the state-of-the-art digital studio he maintains at his home.
Ron York, reared in Nashville, graduated with a B.S. in Business and minors in voice and piano from Belmont University. After attending O’More College of Design, he began a successful and award-winning interior design career for more than 20 years, with projects throughout the southeast. He opened his first retail business, The Mistletoe Christmas Shop & Florist, in 1979. However, he closed it in 1990 when he opened Local Color Gallery, as an art source for his design clients. His gallery won numerous “Best Of” awards during the 15 years he was owner. In 2005, he sold the gallery to pursue his own art, something he began within the first year of owning a gallery. As a self-taught artist, York’s works have been featured in numerous exhibits, charity events and galleries. His paintings can be found in the collections of Tom Collins Productions, Pinnacle Bank, Le Boheur Children’s Hospital, First Baptist Church, Belmont University, Nashville City Club, along with many private collections throughout the United States and abroad. In 2011, York opened another gallery, York & Friends Fine Art, representing 45 local and regional artists, with locations in Nashville and Memphis.
York has been involved with the annual Alias event, Arts & Flowers, from the beginning and served as the 2012 co-chair.